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Downing, Big Al

Born 1940 in Lenapah, Okla. Brother of Don Downing. Died in 2005.

References:

  • Article and discography in issue 11 (1976) of New Kommotion.
  • Article in issue 45 (1986) of Now Dig This.
  • Article in issue 46 (1987) of Now Dig This.
  • Article in issue 232 (2002) of Now Dig This.

Original Releases

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Discography is intended to be complete through 1964

Date & Source Label & Number Title & "As By" Name Matrix Comps
1958/Mar. 24
Bb r&b rev.
White Rock (Texas)  1111 
(pressed by Monarch)
Pertinent Label shot Song sample Down On The Farm — Al Downing With The Poe Kats 2 Δ20727 Bullet Collector LP 1007 (#7)
Bullet Eagle CD 90116 (#2)
Bullet Fed CD 07 (#29)
Bullet Lucky CD 502 (#10)
Bullet Presto CD 5 (#47)
Bullet RPM Retro CD 837 (#9)
Bullet Rollercoaster LP 2015 (#1)
Bullet Schoolkids CD 1548 (#1)
Bullet Smith & Co. CD 1170 (#37)
    Borderline Label shot Song sample Oh! Babe — Al Downing With The Poe Kats 1 Δ20726 Bullet Collectables CD 5554 (#4)
Bullet Collector LP 1007 (#12)
Bullet Eagle CD 90116 (#3)
Bullet RPM Retro CD 837 (#10)
Bullet Rollercoaster LP 2015 (#2)
Bullet Schoolkids CD 1548 (#2)
1958/Apr.
(Bb est.)
Challenge (Calif.)  59006  Pertinent Label shot Song sample Down On The Farm — Al Downing With The Poe Kats 190 Bullet Ace CD 494 (#2)
Bullet Bear Family LP 15233 (#10)
Bullet Disky CD 250542 (#37)
Bullet Hollowbody CD 12001 (#6)
Bullet Jumble LP 1111 (#1)
Bullet Magnum Force CD 030 (#9)
Bullet Magnum Force LP 030 (#10)
Bullet Magnum Force CD 100 (#1)
Bullet Not Now Music CD 122 (#17)
Bullet Rhino CD 73346 (#10)
Bullet Union Pacific LP 004 (#4)
    Borderline Label shot Song sample Oh! Babe — Al Downing With The Poe Kats 191 Bullet Ace CD 494 (#10)
Bullet Bear Family LP 15233 (#11)
Bullet Hollowbody CD 12001 (#17)
Bullet Jumble LP 1111 (#2)
Bullet Not Now Music CD 122 (#9)
Bullet Union Pacific LP 004 (#5)
1958/Aug.
mx series
White Rock (Texas)  1113 
(pressed by Monarch)
Borderline Label shot Song sample Miss Lucy — "Big" Al Downing Δ24527 Bullet Collector LP 1007 (#9)
Bullet Eagle CD 90116 (#4)
Bullet Rollercoaster LP 2015 (#3)
Bullet Schoolkids CD 1548 (#3)
Bullet [no label name] 10 1194 (#4)
    Borderline Label shot Song sample Just Around The Corner — "Big" Al Downing Δ24528 Bullet Collector LP 1007 (#8)
Bullet Eagle CD 90116 (#5)
Bullet Rollercoaster LP 2015 (#4)
Bullet Schoolkids CD 1548 (#4)
1958/Nov. 3
Bb pop rev.
Carlton (N.Y.)  489 
(pressed by Monarch)
Borderline Label shot Song sample Miss Lucy — "Big" Al Downing CRC-345 Δ25170 Bullet Jumble LP 1111 (#3)
Bullet Mr. DJ CD 101 (#5)
Bullet [no label name] LP [recp] (#11)
    Borderline Label shot Just Around The Corner — "Big" Al Downing CRC-346 Δ25171 Bullet Jumble LP 1111 (#4)
1959/Apr. 20
Bb pop rev.
Carlton (N.Y.)  507 
(pressed by Monarch)
Borderline Label shot Song sample When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again — "Big" Al Downing CRC 631 Δ27952 Bullet Eagle CD 90116 (#12)
Bullet Eagle CD 90116 (#19)
Bullet Jumble LP 1111 (#6)
Bullet Rollercoaster LP 2015 (#7)
Bullet Schoolkids CD 1548 (#10)
    Borderline Label shot Song sample It Must Be Love — "Big" Al Downing CRC 630 Δ27951 Bullet Collector LP 1007 (#10)
Bullet Eagle CD 90116 (#13)
Bullet Jumble LP 1111 (#5)
Bullet Rollercoaster LP 2015 (#8)
Bullet Schoolkids CD 1548 (#11)
1960-61
(Bb est.)
V-Tone (Pa.)  215 
(pressed by Monarch)
Borderline Label shot Song sample Yes I'm Loving You — "Big" Al Downing A Δ36391 Bullet Eagle LP 308 (#13)
Bullet Eagle CD 90116 (#6)
Bullet Rollercoaster CD 200 (#19)
Bullet Rollercoaster LP 2015 (#5)
Bullet Schoolkids CD 1548 (#5)
Bullet Sheik LP 506 (#4)
    Borderline Label shot Please Come Home — "Big" Al Downing B Δ36391-x Bullet Eagle CD 90116 (#7)
Bullet Rollercoaster LP 2015 (#10)
Bullet Schoolkids CD 1548 (#13)
1961
(Bb est.)
V-Tone (Pa.)  220  No rating Label shot Words Of Love — Al Downing B Bullet Eagle CD 90116 (#15)
Bullet Schoolkids CD 1548 (#14)
    No rating Label shot If I Had Our Love To Live Over — Al Downing A Bullet Eagle CD 90116 (#14)
Bullet Rollercoaster LP 2015 (#9)
1961/Dec. 4
Bb pop rev.
V-Tone (Pa.)  230  No rating So Many Memories — "Big" Al Downing   Bullet Eagle CD 90116 (#11)
    No rating There'll Come A Time — "Big" Al Downing   Bullet Eagle CD 90116 (#8)
1962/Feb. 10
Bb pop rev.
Kansoma (Md.)  01  Borderline Label shot Song sample The Story Of My Life — "Big" Al Downing A Bullet Eagle CD 90116 (#18)
Bullet Rollercoaster LP 2015 (#13)
Bullet Schoolkids CD 1548 (#17)
    Non-pertinent Label shot I'd Love To Be Loved — "Big" Al Downing B  
1962/Mar.
(Bb est.)
Chess (Ill.)  1817  Borderline Label shot The Story Of My Life — "Big" Al Downing U-11520 Bullet Jumble LP 1111 (#7)
    Non-pertinent Label shot I'd Love To Be Loved — "Big" Al Downing U-11521  
1962 or later
(Bb est.)
Kansoma (Md.)  0004  No rating Label shot The Saints — "Big" Al Downing A Bullet Rollercoaster LP 2015 (#14)
Bullet Schoolkids CD 1548 (#18)
    No rating Label shot Heartbreak Hill — "Big" Al Downing B Bullet Eagle CD 90116 (#16)
Bullet Rollercoaster LP 2015 (#11)
Bullet Schoolkids CD 1548 (#15)
1962/Sept. 1
Bb pop rev.
Pop-Line (N.Y.) BG0209  Borderline Label shot No One Else — Big Rivers MT-503 Bullet Eagle CD 90116 (#9)
    Borderline Label shot Land Of Make Believe — Big Rivers MT-502 Bullet Eagle CD 90116 (#10)
1963/Mar. 23
Bb pop rev.
Lenox (N.Y.) NX-5565  Borderline Label shot Song sample You Never Miss Your Water (Till The Well Runs Dry) — "Little Esther" Phillips And "Big Al" Downing L-5033 Bullet Blend LP 82008 (#3)
    Non-pertinent Label shot If You Want It (I've Got It) — "Little Esther" Phillips And "Big Al" Downing L-5035  
1963/July 20
Bb pop rev.
Lenox (N.Y.) NX-5572  Borderline Label shot If I Had Our Love To Live Over — "Big" Al Downing L-5051 Bullet Schoolkids CD 1548 (#12)
    Non-pertinent Label shot Mr. Hurt Walked In — "Big" Al Downing L-5020  
1964/Apr. 25
Bb hot rev.
Columbia (N.Y.) 4-43028  No rating Label shot All I Want Is You — "Big" Al Downing JZSP 77267 Bullet Eagle CD 90116 (#23)
    No rating Label shot I'm Just Nobody — "Big" Al Downing JSZP 77266 Bullet Eagle CD 90116 (#22)
1964/Dec. 19
Bb hot rev.
Columbia (N.Y.) 4-43185  Borderline Label shot Song sample Georgia Slop — "Big" Al Downing JZSP 79190 Bullet Blend CD 4 (#4)
Bullet Blend LP 82019 (#11)
Bullet Collector LP 1007 (#11)
Bullet Eagle CD 90116 (#1)
Bullet Eric's LP 008 (#6)
Bullet Hallmark CD 305242 (#13)
Bullet Jumble LP 1111 (#8)
Bullet Lucky CD 502 (#20)
Bullet Rollercoaster LP 2015 (#6)
Bullet Schoolkids CD 1548 (#9)
    Borderline Label shot I Feel Good — "Big" Al Downing JZSP 79189 Bullet Eagle CD 90116 (#24)
Need Information
 
 
[need info]     No rating Bonie Maronie — "Big" Al Downing   Bullet Eagle CD 90125 (#26)
    No rating Break Up — "Big" Al Downing   Bullet Eagle CD 90125 (#22)
    No rating Don't Ever Leave Me — "Big" Al Downing   Bullet Eagle CD 90125 (#9)
    No rating Great Balls Of Fire — "Big" Al Downing   Bullet Eagle CD 90125 (#3)
    No rating I Found Someone To Love — "Big" Al Downing   Bullet Eagle CD 90116 (#17)
Bullet Rollercoaster LP 2015 (#12)
Bullet Schoolkids CD 1548 (#16)
    No rating I Got A Feeling — "Big" Al Downing   Bullet Eagle CD 90125 (#29)
    No rating I Got A Woman — "Big" Al Downing   Bullet Eagle CD 90125 (#18)
    No rating I Was The One — "Big" Al Downing   Bullet Eagle CD 90125 (#21)
    No rating I'm A Fool [vers. 1] — "Big" Al Downing   Bullet Eagle CD 90125 (#8)
    No rating I'm A Fool [vers. 2] — "Big" Al Downing   Bullet Eagle CD 90125 (#11)
    No rating Just Because — "Big" Al Downing   Bullet Eagle CD 90125 (#4)
    No rating Keep-A-Knockin' — "Big" Al Downing   Bullet Eagle CD 90125 (#17)
    No rating Let The Four Winds Blow — "Big" Al Downing   Bullet Eagle CD 90125 (#5)
    No rating Let's Have A Ball — "Big" Al Downing   Bullet Eagle CD 90125 (#15)
    No rating Little Coquette — "Big" Al Downing   Bullet Eagle CD 90125 (#25)
    No rating Love My Baby — "Big" Al Downing   Bullet Eagle CD 90125 (#10)
    No rating Love You So — "Big" Al Downing   Bullet Eagle CD 90125 (#14)
    No rating Lucille — "Big" Al Downing   Bullet Eagle CD 90125 (#1)
    No rating Miss Lucy [alt. vers. 1] — "Big" Al Downing   Bullet Eagle CD 90125 (#6)
    No rating Miss Lucy [alt. vers. 2] — "Big" Al Downing   Bullet Eagle CD 90125 (#28)
    No rating My Blue Heaven — "Big" Al Downing   Bullet Eagle CD 90116 (#21)
    No rating One Night — "Big" Al Downing   Bullet Eagle CD 90125 (#23)
    No rating Poor Me — "Big" Al Downing   Bullet Eagle CD 90125 (#2)
    No rating Rebel Without A Cause — "Big" Al Downing   Bullet Eagle CD 90125 (#16)
    No rating Right Around The Corner — "Big" Al Downing   Bullet Eagle CD 90125 (#7)
    No rating She's Tough — "Big" Al Downing   Bullet Eagle CD 90116 (#20)
    No rating Stagger Lee — "Big" Al Downing   Bullet Eagle CD 90125 (#24)
    No rating Things Were Done Again — "Big" Al Downing   Bullet Eagle CD 90125 (#12)
    No rating Woman's Love — "Big" Al Downing   Bullet Eagle CD 90125 (#20)
    No rating You Win Again — "Big" Al Downing   Bullet Eagle CD 90125 (#19)

Notes:


Collector-Oriented Compilation LPs and CDs Containing Tracks

1968[no label name] (France) [recp]LPRocky Eddie Corthesy Presente
1971Collector (Netherlands) CL 1007LPBig Al Downing And His Friends
1974Union Pacific (England) 004LPTransfusion: Rave From The Grave, Blast From The Past, Vol. 1
1979Eagle (Germany) 308LPBandstand Dancing
1981Eric's 008LPJukebox At Eric's, Vol. 1: Rock 'N Roll
1984Blend (Belgium) BLR. 82008LPRock & Roll Collection, Vol. 8
1985Magnum Force (England) MFLP 030LPRed Hot Rockabilly
1987Bear Family (Germany) BFX 15233LPRock And Roll Cannibals
1988Rollercoaster (England) 2015LPRockin' 'N' Rollin' With Big Al Downing
1990Hollowbody (United States) HC 12001CDWild Men Ride Wild Guitars: Original Rockabilly & Chicken Bop, Vol. 1
Magnum Force (England) CDMF 030CDRed Hot Rockabilly
1994Ace (England) CDCHD 494CDMore Hollywood Rock 'N' Roll
Eagle (Germany) 90116CDRockin' Down The Farm / Big Al Downing
1995Blend (Belgium) 4CDBest Of Blend Rock & Roll Collection, Vol. 4
1996Hallmark 305242CDDo The Ooby Dooby
1997Schoolkids 1548CDRockin' & Rollin' / Big Al Downing
1998Eagle (Germany) 90125CDRockin' Down The Farm, Vol. 2 / The Poe-Kats Featuring Big Al Downing
Magnum Force (England) CDMF 100CDMagnum Rockabilly
Mr. DJ 101CDCruisin' Classics, Vol. 1
1999Rollercoaster (England) RCCD 200CDNow Dig This: A Whole Lotta Roller Coaster Rockers
2000Disky (Netherlands) DO 250542CDAs Good As It Gets: Rockabilly
2006Rhino (United States) R2 73346CDRockin' Bones: '50s Punk & Rockabilly
2008RPM Retro 837CDShiverin' & Shakin', Part 1
2011Not Now Music NOT2CD 122CDRockabilly Riot
year?Blend (Belgium) BLR 82019LPRock & Roll Collection, Vol. 19
Collectables (United States) COL-CD 5554CDThe Best Of Big D Rock: 1950's & 1960's Early Rock Heroes, Vol. 2
Fed (Sweden) 07CDThe Fed Story, Vol. 7
Jumble 1111LPBig Al Downing And The Poe-Kats
Lucky (England) CDLR 502CDPianola Rock-Ola, Vol. 2
Presto Vol. 5CDBig Bad Rockabilly Boppers, Vol. 5
Sheik (Spain) LP 506LPSaints And Sinners, Vol. 6
Smith & Co. SCCD 1170CDGreat Rockabilly: Just About As Good As It Gets!, Vol. 3
[no label name] 119410no title


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